How government incentives shaped the nursing home business

Source: Will Englund & Joel Jacobs (Paid Registration)

Federal government reimbursements for nursing home patients on Medicare and Medicaid have resulted in the nursing home industry retaining certain services that are reimbursed at higher rates, while neglecting to sufficiently offer basic services that are reimbursed at lower rates, like those involving janitorial or cleaning staff and supplies. The “perverse” financial incentives have led directly to older patients dying in COVID-ridden nursing homes.

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